Names Ernst Young the Top Big Four Accounting Firm

College grad job seekers prefer Ernst Young as their employer of choice among the Big Four accounting firms

MILWAUKEE, WI--February 21,, the #1 entry level job site, today released its poll results naming Ernst Young as the first choice employer by students, among the nation's big four accounting firms. Respondents selected Ernst Young as their first choice over PricewaterhouseCoopers, Deloitte Touche and KPMG.

"Ernst Young has established itself as an employment leader," said Brian Krueger, President of "Not only have they continually shown themselves as a top employer in terms of sheer college recruiting numbers, but now even more so as entry level college grads show their employer preference in working for Ernst Young."

It's not the largest of the big four firms -- PricewaterhouseCoopers and Deloitte Touche have a larger number of employees. The firm's college recruiting numbers are also second to PricewaterhouseCoopers. So what makes Ernst Young stand out among college grads?

Ernst Young recognizes that their success, now and in the future, depends on recruiting the best and brightest college grads. "We are constantly working to develop new and relevant ways to reach out to the college audience about working at Ernst Young." said Dan Black, Director of Ernst Young's Campus Recruiting. "We are committed to building the leaders of tomorrow and today's students will be the future leaders of our firm and our profession."

College students and recent grads recognize these efforts. They also see some of Ernst Young's great benefits and unique company culture. Ernst Young prides itself in what they describe as a "People First" culture. "Creating a flexible and inclusive workplace is part of our People First commitment," said Black. The firm encourages people to reach both their professional and personal goals."

To facilitate this balance, Ernst Young offers benefits that include various technology resources for employees' daily work life, and a number of comprehensive resources for working parents.

Black explains that Ernst Young is looking for college students and recent grads who bring strong academic credentials and work experience, but also a blend of extracurricular involvement. "At Ernst Young, were evaluating how well someone will be able to handle multiple tasks and job responsibilities but, just as important, how well someone will be able to build relationships with our clients and their coworkers."

"A company that recognizes the value that today's students have on tomorrow's success, and provides mentorship to develop those students, will draw the exact type of candidate they are seeking," says Krueger. "Top talent will be drawn to that environment."

Following are the overall survey results:

Which Big Four firm would you rather work for?

  • Ernst Young - 36%
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers - 29%
  • Deloitte Touche - 21%
  • KPMG - 14%

The survey was conducted nationally using an online poll placed on the home page during December, 2006. The results are based on more than 750 respondents.

About is the #1 entry level job site on the Internet and is the leader in the field of entry level job search. Brian Krueger is President and Founder of and author of the best-selling book for entry level job search, College Grad Job Hunter.

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